The Sky Sox fell behind 4-0 in the first inning of Sunday’s game and could not rebound, ultimately falling 8-2. Taylor Jungmann took the hill for Colorado Springs and struggled out of the gate, allowing four runs in before he could blink. Sam LeCure of the OKC Dodgers limited the Sox to one run in his outing and the bullpen gave up just one run also. The Sky Sox have been outscored by the Dodgers 11-2 over the last 10 innings and have now dropped 5 of 7 on the homestand.
Colorado Springs looks to even the series against the OKC Dodgers in this afternoon’s series finale at Security Service Field. What a pitching matchup on paper today’s game is…The Sky Sox will trot out the Brewers top pitching prospect, righty Jorge Lopez while the Dodgers will counter with their top pitching prospect, lefty Julio Urias. It’s been a tale of two seasons for these two as Lopez is in search of his first win of the season and looks to make it through five complete frames, while Urias, only 19, is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 5 games (4 starts).
Today’s game is the finale of an 8-game homestand and also a “Must-Win Monday.”
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (11-17) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (16-12) – 12:35 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Jorge Lopez (0-2, 8.84) vs. LHP Julior Urias (3-1, 1.88)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Jorge Lopez makes his 6th trip to the mound this season, and first against the OKC Dodgers. Through his first five starts, the righty is 0-2 with an 8.84 ERA allowing 19 runs (18 earned) on 29 hits, 18 walks and 20 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings. Lopez’s longest and arguably best start came at home April 15 against Memphis where he went 4 2/3 innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. He’s given up 13 runs on 18 hits, 12 walks and 12 strikeouts his last 10 innings pitched, covering three starts. Lopez has thrown at least 80 pitches in every outing thus far and hovers right around a 50% ball/strike ratio.
Last Time Out: 5/4/16 vs. Round Rock – The 23-year old Lopez took home his second straight losing decision against the Express his last time out. The righty gave up 5 runs, 4 earned, on 6 hits a season-high 5 walks, and 4 strikeouts in 4 innings of work. He threw 87 pitches, 47 for strikes.
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Dodgers Pitcher: LHP Julio Urias will make his sixth appearance and fifth start for the OKC Dodgers in this Monday matinee. The word “phenom” gets thrown around a lot…but it sticks with this kid…The 19-year old has dominated at every level and is doing more of the same in Triple-A, it’s only a matter of time before he’s in the big leagues. Urias is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in is five outings. He’s allowed 5 runs on 14 hits, 3 walks and 29 strikeouts in 24-innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .163 against the lefty from Mexico. He was signed by the Dodgers as a 16-year old out of the Mexican league in August 2012 and has compiled a 10-8 record with a 2.81 ERA in 66 minor-league games (60 starts) with opponents hitting .214 against him.
Last Time Out: 5/4/16 vs. New Orleans – Urias earned the win and pitched six-hitless innings against the Zephyrs his last trip to the mound. The no-hit bid was eventually broken up when the first hitter of the 9th picked up a knock. The lefty didn’t walk anyone and struck out six. He threw just 77 pitches, 52 for strikes in a season-high six frames.
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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will both have the call of the first pitch from Security Service Field at 12:35 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup fires up at 12:00 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Quick Hits from yesterday’s game
Garin Cecchini went 2-for-2 with a triple, RBI, run scored, and two walks, reaching base all four times he stepped to the plate. Cheech upped his season average to .264 in the loss.
Josmil Pinto followed suit with a pair of knocks and an RBI. Pinto, like Manny Pina, continues to give the Sky Sox offensive support from the catcher’s position and is now hitting .315 on the year.
Keon Broxton extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a single and Orlando Arcia picked up the other base hit for the Sox in their six-hit attack.
Taylor Jungmann did not fare well in his second start with Colorado Springs. The righty allowed four runs in the first and was tagged for 7 runs (6 earned) on 5 hits, 6 walks, a hit batter, and 4 strikeouts in four innings of work. Rob Segedin got him for a two-run homer in the first inning.
Jim Miller gave up a hit, two walks, and struck out a pair in two innings of work, lowering his ERA to 7.41.
Drew Gagnon gave up a run on three hits and three strikeouts in two innings of relief.
Jaye Chapman pitched the ninth, battled the potent Dodgers lineup and a tight strikezone from the umpire, but worked a scoreless inning and left the bases loaded in the process.
Pitching coach Fred Dabney was ejected in the ninth for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.
Play of the Game:
Garin Cecchini stepped in with a runner at first and two outs in the 6th and ripped a triple to right field, which plated Andy Wilkins all the way from first base, without a throw. It was one of the few offensive highlights for the Sky Sox in the 8-2 loss.
Pregame Interview with me and Milwaukee Brewers Hitting Coordinator Jeremy Reed – Part One:
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